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Russia to accuse Ukraine of preparing terrorist acts in temporarily occupied territories

The Russian Federation compiles an information provocation in order to discredit Ukraine
15:00, 4 January 2019
Ukrinform

Russia plans to blame Ukraine for preparation of terrorist acts in the eastern regions of the country and Crimea. The provocation will be implemented to discredit Ukraine, reports the General Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. 

Russia intends to disseminate information provocation about the preparation of terrorist acts on the territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and Crimea. 

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The Ukrainian intelligence does not rule out a chance that Russia may stage sabotage at its own infrastructure facilities to increase the effect of the provocation. 

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that the Ukrainian authorities allegedly intend to make an armed provocation on the administrative border with the annexed Crimea in the last decade of December. He stressed that Russia is ready to give a decisive response in the case of "provocation by Ukraine" on the border with Crimea. 

Ukraine will retain control over the Sea of Azov. This was stated by the Ukrainian Navy commander Igor Voronchenko, reports Deutsche Welle.

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'We’ll not lose control. I’m not going to give a clear assessment now. The situation is very difficult, especially in the Azov Sea region and at key points in the Ukrainian South and East. The Ukrainian Armed Forces are in a condition in which they are able to complete missions. Now it’s not the year 2014', he declared. 

At the same time, he noted that the balance of forces in the Azov Sea is not in favor of Ukraine.

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